Through its various outreach programs, activities, and publications, the AIA informs the general public about exciting archaeological discoveries, the latest developments in the field, and the importance and need for site preservation. The Institute also connects people to a global network of likeminded individuals who are passionate about archaeology and encourages people to get involved through AIA Membership, by joining a Local Society, and by participating in our programs.
AIA programs range from national lectures and family-friendly archaeology fairs to award-winning publications and popular websites that are seen by millions of people each year. Our programs are the core of our outreach efforts and our most important tool in informing the general public about archaeology.
Among the AIA’s many publications are the award-winning ARCHAEOLOGY magazine, each issue of which is enjoyed by more than 750,000 people; the American Journal of Archaeology, the leading scholarly publication for professionals working in the classical world; and a newsletter that goes out to our Society-level Members. Through these publications, the AIA reaches millions of people annually.
A regular feature in ARCHAEOLOGY magazine, DISPATCHES highlights AIA initiatives and programs, including site preservation, lectures, and special events like the Gala.
The AIA works with its various committees and Members to advocate for the preservation of sites, ethical practices, and professional standards through letter-writing campaigns, by participating in political discussion, and by increasing awareness of the issues affecting archaeological sites and remains.
Every year the AIA and its 107 Local Societies organize and host more than 500 public events and interactive programs that highlight the latest archaeological discoveries and provide opportunities for people to get involved. Most of these events are free and open to the public.
The Stafford Civil War Sites in Virginia held its grand opening in April 2013.
On May 9, the AIA held a summit meeting to discuss new directions for the AIA and archaeology in K-12 Education.
The Site Preservation Program is funding the San Bartolo Mural Project thanks to a special gala pledge drive.